About the album
There are two ages between the lives and work of Johann Sebastian Bach and Eugène Ysaÿe. Two ages of difference and of similarities.
Bach emerged as a phenomenal composer, a genius, in the first half of the 18th Century. He left an enormous repertoire. Ysaÿe was to be a famous violinist in the beginning of the 20th Century. He also composed, but produced not as much as his illustrious predecessor.
Ysaÿe, violinist to the backbone, took the Sonatas and Partitas of Bach as an inspiration for his Sonatas for Violinsolo (1924). Just like Bach he put the Sonata nr. 1 in the key of g minor. Also the dividing of the Sonata in four movements – alternating between slow and fast – he derived from Bach. This composer was, as becomes perfectly clear, his big example.
11Sonate no.1 in g minor BWV 1001 Adagio
12Sonate no.1 in g minor BWV 1001 Fuga. Allegro
13Sonate no.1 in g minor BWV 1001 Siciliana
14Sonate no.1 in g minor BWV 1001 Presto
15Sonate no. 1 op. 27 no. 1 Grave, Lento assai
16Sonate no. 1 op. 27 no. 1 Fugato, Molto moderato
17Sonate no. 1 op. 27 no. 1 Allegretto poco Scherzoso, Amabile
18Sonate no. 1 op. 27 no. 1 Finale con brio, Allegro fermo
19Partita no. 3 in E major BWV 1006 Preludio
110Partita no. 3 in E major BWV 1006 Loure
111Partita no. 3 in E major BWV 1006 Gavotte en Rondeau
112Partita no. 3 in E major BWV 1006 Menuet I en II
113Partita no. 3 in E major BWV 1006 Boureée
114Partita no. 3 in E major BWV 1006 Gigue
115Sonate no. 2 op. 27 no. 2 Obsession, Prélude, poco vivace
116Sonate no. 2 op. 27 no. 2 Malinconia, Poco lento
117Sonate no. 2 op. 27 no. 2 Danse des Ombres, sarabande (lento)
118Sonate no. 2 op. 27 no. 2 Les Furies, Allegro furioso